GROUP B STREP What you need to know


1. What is group B strep?

Group B strep (streptococcus) is a type of bacteria that can cause serious illness and death in newborns. Until recent prevention efforts, hundreds of babies died from group B strep every year. This type of bacteria can also cause illness in adults, especially the elderly, but it is most common in newborns.


2. Why do I need to get tested for group B strep during each pregnancy? Group B strep bacteria can be passed from a mom who is a carrier for the bacteria (tests positive) to her baby during labor. Since the bacteria can More >

National HIV Testing Day and the Mayors Campaign against HIV

National HIV Testing Day 2012 is coming soon – June 27! Save the date, and watch this page for 2012 info!

Last was a good year for National HIV Testing Day! The thirtieth anniversary of the CDC’s first reports of a new disease syndrome we now know as HIV/AIDS came just three weeks before testing day, June 27, and the press love to keep a good story going. So National HIV Testing Day, 2011, got a big push from the press, and the day turned into what we all were hoping for:

  ?  Thousands of Americans got tested! Thousands more More >

World Sickle Cell Day 2012 Sickle Cell

Disease (SCD) is a serious condition that affects people all over the world; the complications that arise from it are usually fatal. Sickle cell disease is a set of red blood cell disorders that are mostly inherited. In sickle cell disease the red blood cells become tough and sticky and resemble ‘sickles.’ The infected cells perish early which leads to a constant depletion of red blood cells in the blood. Further as the blood moves through blood vessels, these infected cells get stuck to the walls and obstruct the blood flow which leads to more complications. With good medical care More >